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Portraits of Christ – “Jesus, The Sower”

The best sower of the seed in all of human history is Jesus Christ! The Bible in the parables of the kingdom identifies the Son of Man as the one who soweth good seed. In fact, Christ described his ministry as sowing a crop for heaven on earth and He was successful in His mission. The good seed in Matthew 13 are the children of the kingdom. Yet, the children of the kingdom still had to have someone sow the seed of the Gospel in their hearts.

Because Christ loves the world, He is interested in the seed of the Gospel being sowed on all different types of ground. Christ plants the seed through His children in the heart of hard hearts, shallow hearts, distracted hearts, sinful hearts, and in receptive hearts.

Matthew 13:36-38 (KJV)
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

The Sower came to sow

Matthew 3:13 (KJV)
13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

Christ came to earth as a sower. He came seeking a harvest of souls. This was His purpose for coming to earth. The harvest today is in need of more Christians who realize their spiritual purpose for being on this earth is to sow the seed of the Gospel. To follow Christ footprints, requires the Christian to be about the daily task of sowing the seed. Sowers have a goal and that is to plant the seed and water the seed, and see a harvest. Jesus plants believers (children of the kingdom) in this wicked world so that they will faithfully sow the seed of the Gospel. You see, Christ’s mission is our mission.

Luke 19:10 (KJV)
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

The Sower knows what kind of seed to sow.

Sometimes the chief sower (Christ), sows a message of eternal judgment to break the heard heart. Still at other times, He sows a compassionate message of forgiveness and cleansing to draw the broken heart to Him. As He did with Thomas, the sower is patient to sow the seed to the skeptic or even agnostic.

Jude 1:22-23 (KJV)
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

The sower knows when to sow.

The sower makes sure the seed of the Gospel is first planted. Then at the right time, He sends forth laborers into the harvest to water the seed. He is always on time with sowing the seed and the right nutrients necessary to bring forth the fruit of faith in one’s life. Sometimes the sower uses trials to tenderize the soil of the heart, but in the end, the good seed is the children of the kingdom. Every child of God knows that Jesus, the Sower, was faithful to work in His life and draw Him to the point of putting His faith in Christ alone.

Dear Christian, would you be willing to be used as a sower to join Christ in planting the seed of the Word of God and the Gospel in the heart of others no matter the condition of their hearts? Would you ask God today for the opportunity to sow the incorruptible seed of God’s Word in the heart of someone else? Would you equip yourself with Gospel tracts, be ready to share your personal testimony, and memorize Scripture so that you are “ready to preach the Gospel”?

1 Peter 1:23 (KJV)
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Isaiah 55:10-11 (KJV)
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

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